I am now just over two months into recovery from my knee surgery, which the surgeon termed "medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction with lateral reticular release."
As a consequence of my leg being immobilized I have lost around 70% of the strength in both my left leg quad and hamstring muscles (I tested both legs with a leg press and leg curl machine). At this point both my physiotherapist and my surgeon have said that I can squat using my judgment, but my concern here is what to do about the leg strength imbalance.
Should I just start squatting (and deadlifting) from an empty bar and work my way up with say 5 lb increments and trying for perfect form, assuming that the leg strength will return and balance out on its own? Or should I also be concentrating on trying to use 75% of my left leg to do the lift (in order to overshoot and help force a balance) as my physiotherapist suggested? I am also considering adding glute ham raises to replace the power clean (not a safe option yet) and help strengthen my left hamstrings; any thoughts on this?
I searched around but could find nothing on this topic. Though I found a lot of Rip's comments on Bill Starr's rehab protocol, and how it should never be used for joint injuries, and that you should just leave joint injuries the heck alone. So I am still a bit worried about overdoing anything right now.
Thanks for you time.